Health benefits of sauerkraut will get New Year off to good start

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Health benefits of sauerkraut will get New Year off to good start - The Vindicator

Sauerkraut and New Year’s are a holiday favorite in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Why? It is a tradition brought here by the Pennsylvania Dutch and Germans, involving a folklore involving a pig and cabbage.

According to the folklore, pigs eat leaning forward, so eating pork on New Year’s will start off the new year going forward or for good luck, throughout the year.

On the other hand, sauerkraut symbolizes wealth or bounty in the new year.

The Germans who settled in Pennsylvania brought with them the knowledge making pickled fermented vegetables and sauerkraut, since fresh vegetables were not available during the winter months.
 
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